By Odirah Ezeobi
25 October, 2016

One definition of freedom portrays a situation in which one is not a slave or a prisoner. To compare freedom to what is obtainable in the country Nigeria, is a thought that has kept observers worried. Slavery can be said to be a situation in which one cannot make his or her own decision in a given state. It is obvious that in any union that is based on force or coercion, there is definitely a master and a slave.

Since the creation of Nigeria by Fredrick Lugard, it has continuously proven to the international community that the war against slavery has not been abolished in the country. The country which came to be, as a result of selfishness and busines-mindedness of Fredrick Lugard and Britain, had been long encompassed in a hopeless situation of "I am superior" and "born to rule" mentality of the Hausa/Fulani. This same mentality remains one of the factors that led to the dehumanizing civil war of 1967-70, in which millions of Biafrans were massacred. More depressing was the fact that children were not left out of the genocide.

From history, the genocide of 1967-70 was avoidable, but for the fact that the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy in power, had set out their heart on conquering an indigenous people whom they usually described as infidels and unequal to them. After the forceful unity of Nigeria, the relationship amongst the Indigenous nations is deeply divided instead of improving, as recently confirmd by the United Nations report. Nigeria has continued to suffer under-development,poverty and bloodshed with no remedy in sight. The extermination of Biafrans have continued unabated, so have inequality and injustice but Biafrans are more united than ever to restore their nation- Biafra.

It is very clear that, there can never be true unity in a coerced union, the ideology of a people is the only thing that keeps them together and more united. The ideology of the Indigenous nations that makes up Nigeria is totally different, with no iota of resemblance. Nigeria was created by the British, for the politics of slavery, to enable the continuous exploitation of the people of Biafra and their resources. There was never a negotiation to enable the people of Biafra choose what they want.

The British government should as a sense of duty, enlighten the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy that unity can never be achieved by spilling blood. The people of Biafra have decided not to remain slaves after the expiration of the almagamation treaty. Biafrans have decided not to remain dogs named by a master but to restore their nation created by God Almighty.

The Yorubas and Hausa/Fulanis must unchain themselves from the chains of 'politics of slavery" created by the British colonial government for their sole benefit. The people of Biafra have taken an oath to restore their fatherland or die trying.
Let the simple logic of freedom be applied, that people might live in peace with one another.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
Edited by Chima Onyekachi


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